Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy will take center stage during the first GOP presidential nomination debate on Wednesday night, according to a lineup released Tuesday by the Republican National Committee.
Joining DeSantis and Ramaswamy at the debate — a showdown hosted by Fox News in Milwaukee, Wisconsin — will be former Vice President Mike Pence and former Ambassador and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina will fill positions number five and six.
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Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum will stand behind the scenes at the debate stage.
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An RNC statement from early June said “qualified nominees will be placed on stage based on polling, with the highest ranking nominee in the center.”
Party National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel in a statement late Monday noted that “the RNC is delighted to present our diverse field of candidates and the Conservative vision of beating Joe Biden on the debate stage on Wednesday night.”
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Former President Donald Trump, the leader of the 2024 GOP nomination, underlined his wide lead over his rivals on Sunday by announcing that he would not participate in the debate.